M and M have been cooking so much lately. Big M loves to make scrambled eggs. I think he likes it best because he can complete the entire process by himself. Little M is our pancake maker.
The fact that they both like to make breakfast foods is no coincidence. I can cook, but it’s not my favorite thing to do. Early morning cooking is definitely not something I rush into the kitchen for. So if they want something fancier than oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, they have to make it.
One of my new favorite books, Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors, has a fantastic section on letting kids explore with ingredients. There is even a delicious pancake recipe. Little M tried it and we all gobbled them up! The book also gives tips for allowing kids to play around with the recipe. I think we’ll save pancake inventing for dinnertime… when I have more patience for cooking with kids. (The Tinkerlab link is an affiliate link. Thanks for supporting A Mom with a Lesson Plan.)
Cooking with Kids – 10 Tips and Activities
- Work together to make and deliver friendship bread.
- Follow these simple tips from Simple Kids to make having kids in the kitchen a successful event.
- Have fun with sleep over food ideas. Let the kids make their own Mini Pizzas and Ice Cream Sundaes.
- Use this hard boiled egg experiment as a fun way to learn about how things change as they heat up.
- Take it one step further with this kitchen science activity and learn how heat effects different foods.
- Learn about cooking tools and utensils with a cooking utensil hunt from Toddler Approved.
- Make homemade graham crackers together.
- Play a cooking game like this fun one from Grandparents.com called the One Handed Chef.
- Use this guide to teach math and reading through cooking.
- Combine reading and cooking like The Artful Parent did while making Popovers and Pretend Soup.
Cooking with kids is so important. Cooking is a skill that we all need on some level, everyone must eat! While I can follow a recipe and make something yummy (thank you Pinterest!), Hubby can actually create meals. He makes restaurant worthy food from scratch. I want M and M to have that skill.
Who is the chef in your house? Do you love to cook? Have you started your kids in the kitchen yet?